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valley sunday. snow breaks out from chicago back across the midwest this. arctic air keeps moving further south. this is serious stuff. it looks like it will win out the battle. maybe initially a little bit of sleet, very short period of rain and then it goes to snow as we go through because the arctic air will move south of the metro area and turn to sleet to snow. it does appear now that the predominant feature will be snow. that's really good. we don't want freezing rain. next winter storm monday will be here by the morning commute. ice storm not an issue anymore. not much freezing rain, if any, so that's good, more sleet than freezing rain. time frame, 5 a.m. to about 8 p.m. on monday. so again why is sleet better? sleet falls frozen and bounces off the windshield. freezing rain falls and freezes on contact. that's what brings down forward lines. right now we do not think that is a concern. >> at least that's a little good news. we're following breaking news in the ukraine.
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about an hour ago president obama said the u.s. is deeply concerned about russian troop movements in its bordering country and he warned there will be costs for any military intervention. craig boswell has the latest on the unsettled situation. >> reporter: president obama is warning russia against inflaming the fragile situation in ukraine. >> the united states will stand with the international community in affirming there will be costs for my military intervention in ukraine. >> reporter: there are reports pro russian gunmen are guarding two airports in the crimian peninsula and that russian crews are around the coastguard base. >> any violation of ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destablizing. >> reporter: earlier viktor yanukovych vowed to fight for his country. the fugitive president said threats against his family forced him to leave ukraine. he's now in southern russia. secretary of state john kerry spoke on the phone with his
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russian counterpart friday and said he made it clear to the russian foreign minister not to intervene. >> the question is whether or not what is happening now meeting crossing a line in any way and we're going to be very careful in making our judgments about that. >> reporter: the obama administration wants to focus on the political transition in ukraine's capital to help keep the country stable. craig boswell for cbs news, the state department. >> secretary kerry planned to meet with the russian foreign minister next week in rome to talk about the situation in ukraine. ill gun owners in virginia now have a -- gun owners in virginia now have a way to protect themselves if they are perhaps charged with some sort of gun law violation. former virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli opened the first of its kind virginia law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of gun owners. peggy fox talked to cuccinelli today to find out more about it. >> reporter: ken cuccinelli says he's happy to be off the campaign treadmill and now focusing on his family, his own law firm and a separate whole
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new kind of law practice, one dedicated to defending gun rights. >> if they lawfully use a gun to defend themselves or are essentially harassed for legally carrying where they're allowed by law to carry, we weekend them start to finish. >> reporter: he and three partners have launched virginia's self-defense law. the difference with this firm is that they charge a low monthly retainer of $8.33. >> people are retaining a lawyer. they have a lawyer. this is not an insurance plan. that's an important distinction. >> reporter: he says he would have defended george zimmerman who shot and killed trayvon martin had it happened in virginia and if he'd already been signed up with the firm. >> he'd have already had to have retained us. if something happens and you want to retain us, you're in the ordinary pay scale. >> reporter: cuccinelli says virginia gun owners who are allowed to open carry are often harassed and charged when they shouldn't be. the firm will not defend those who use their guns to commit
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crimes, nor will they defend those who use guns in domestic violence situations. >> we will not defend charges within a household. >> reporter: you won't? >> no. and it's written in the retainer. >> reporter: the firm has no cap on legal fees, but clients may have to post their own bond and pay for expert witnesses, if needed. peggy fox, wusa9. >> cuccinelli says this is the first of this sort of law firm in virginia and only texas has a similar law firm dedicated to defending the second amendment rights. posting so-called revenge prince george's county is a big step closer to becoming a crime in maryland. the house of delegates unanimously approved a revenge porn bill this morning. that measure sets a two year prison sentence and a $500 fine for anyone who maliciously posts an image of somebody online nude or not that causes that person serious emotional distress. the bill now moves to the state senate. tonight we're learning more information about information that was omitted from the public report on cecil mills'
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death. >> reporter: i'm surae chinn in northwest washington where we're learning that the deputy mayor's office failed to release a full report on cecil mills, the man who died across the street from the firehouse. >> i think it is working. i've been to the graduation. we're talking about one person. >> reporter: mayor vincent gray says one bad decision by a rookie out of dozens of others shouldn't tarnish the cadet program. that rookie failed to respond along with four other firefighters. the 19-year-old was worried about leaving his desk watch post at engine 26 and failed to ring the firehouse bell when 77- year-old cecil mills collapsed across the street. >> why something that simple was omitted from the report. >> the question is notice. you ring the bell to give notice. he gave notice. he called over the loudspeaker. to me it didn't seem like it was germane. >> reporter: do you have confidence in the cadet program? >> absolutely. >> there was information apparently they did not share with the committee that's in
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the mills report. that's very disappointing. it's a lack of transparency and it really breaches fate with the community that we is everybody. >> reporter: in northwest -- that we serve. >> reporter: in northwest, surae chinn, wusa9. you know all those potholes you lit on the way to work? those are just -- hit on the way to work? those are just the tip of the iceberg with transportation problems. we spend way too little to maintain our streets, highways and bridges. the budget from all government sources should be at least $124 billion a year and last year we came up 24 billion short of that minimum a new report says. we get all kinds of questions at about the things that drive you crazy as a commuter. today's question comes from maria. >> she passes something every day that gives her great concern. so debra alfarone is on it. >> reporter: there's a huge crack on the wall that faces 395 exit 5 king street,
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virginia, gets bigger every day. >> let's go. >> reporter: this is the magic of tv. it took longer than that. it wasn't easy to shoot. this is from a nearby overpass, but you can see why maria is concerned. it's a gash and on the top of the hill behind it sits a building. vdot must know it's an issue. look at the orange barrel. next stop, vdot for answers. >> we have been contacted by people traveling past the wall who nope the concrete was tracked and -- notice the concrete was cracked and notice some concrete was fallen, so we did an inspection of the wall. >> reporter: a bridge engineer said they investigated and found the wall has moved. >> it's 50 years old. so that's certainly part of it. structurally there may be some issues with older concrete and we've had a lot of snow. we will probably put in h piles in front of the wall and shore it up as a temporary measure
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before we do a permanent fix. >> reporter: when can people expect to see that? >> hopefully over the weekend. >> reporter: is it safe right now? >> it is safe. >> reporter: seems the next time maria drives past this wall, she may see some new scenery. >> i'd love to say debra gets it done, but vdot already had seen it and are working on it now. if you see something that drives you crazy, write >> beginning today and lasting through march ddot is adjusting the timing of the traffic signals at some 200 intersections around nationals park and areas south and east of the anacostia river. the goal? make d.c.'s traffic signals safer and friendlier for pedestrians and improve the overall traffic flow around town. coming up next some local lawmakers or should i say young filmmakers get the star treatment at the white house. >> i'm meteorologist topper
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shutt. i know you want to put these away, but you just can't. 28 at dulles was the record low maximum, 29 downtown, 14 the low. the low this morning at dulles was 10. we should be 51 and 33. we're not. we'll talk about a milder weekend, but yellow alert monday. we'll te
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city leaders in chicago are taking a shot at prohibition
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crime fighter elliott ness. a city council committee voted to send a full council to urge the senate to abandon a plan naming a building after ness. at a hearing today retired irs agents testified that ness did not deserve credit for putting al capone behind bars and said many other agents were more deserving of having a building named after them. forget the oscars in hollywood. today the big winners were students from several local schools. >> yup. their performances took center stage at the first ever white house student film festival. a few months ago the white house challenged kids to create their own short films showcasing how technology is changing their classrooms. today the white house screened 16 entries. among them a film by seniors at where else? the mighty wilson high school. >> you're a little biased. >> where i went. their entries showed how
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technology helped them learn. 8th graders from longfellow middle school in falls church told how sister schools from different parts of the world can use the technology to collaborate on school projects. you'll find lings to those videos at our website -- links to those videos at our website >> those are great entries, all of them. >> they are, especially that wilson. i'm scott broom watching net another incoming winter storm. coming up how highway officials are beginning to plan
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floods and just making a mess of the highways. two homeless men and their dogs were rescued from floodwaters near dodgers stadium. hundreds are under evacuation orders in areas where they were pretty barren from those wildfires a few weeks ago. >> all of that just making the barest dent in the drought. >> it's been a wild weather year. we are keeping a very close eye on how the folks responsible for keeping the power on and the roads clear are preparing for what comes our way on monday. >> scott broom has the latest from highway officials on their monday morning plans. >> reporter: here in maryland highway supervisors have been conducting a conference call every afternoon at 3:00. they are now advising travelers to avoid big trips starting sunday night into monday morning. for the people responsible for storm response on the roads in maryland, it has been, however, too early to call exactly how too early to call exactly how equipment and crews will seven years in a row
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